Oh my God! Did you hear about the assassination attempt on Barack Obama?!
Well, not an actual assassination attempt. A make-believe one planned by the President himself.
Also, not an actual make-believe assassination attempt planned by the President. A rumor about one that somebody supposedly heard tell of somehow and then posted about on some blog somewhere.
A Republican member of the Tennessee state legislature emailed constituents Tuesday morning with a rumor circulating in conservative circles that President Barack Obama is planning to stage a fake assassination attempt in an effort to stop the 2012 election from happening.
Stop right there! Stop reading, and consider something. These are adult people who are spreading this rumor. I only mention because because you might be inclined, midway through that last paragraph to forget that, and think that we're talking about 10-year-old children. But, no, they are in fact adults.
And at least one of them is an elected official…
Rep. Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown) sent an email from his state email account to constituents containing a rumor that Obama and the Department of Homeland Security are planning a series of events that could lead to the imposition of "martial law" and delay the election. Among the events hypothesized in the email is a staged assassination attempt on the president that would lead to civil unrest in urban areas and martial law…
The conspiracy theory started with an article written by Doug Hammon and posted on CanadaFreePress.com, which he said arose from conversations he had with an informant within the Department of Homeland Security.
"Alright, members of Homeland Security, gather round. I've asked you all here today to fill you in on all the details of the make-believe assassination attempt on me that I've got planned for next Thursday. Now, I ask you please: Do not inform any members of the conservative press of my plans. Please!" – Barack Obama, probably
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Tags: Assassinations, Barack Obama, Homeland Security, State Legislature, Tennessee